USS Iwo Jima (CV-46)

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For other ships with the same name, see USS Iwo Jima.
Iwo Jima under const.
Iwo Jima under construction
History
United States
Name: Iwo Jima
Namesake: Battle of Iwo Jima
Ordered: 14 June 1943
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co
Launched: Cancelled prior to launching
Fate: Sold for scrap
General characteristics
Class and type: Essex-class aircraft carrier
Displacement:
  • As built:
  • 27,100 tons standard
  • 36,380 tons full load
Length:
  • As built:
  • 820 feet (250 m) waterline
  • 872 feet (266 m) overall
Beam:
  • As built:
  • 93 feet (28 m) waterline
  • 147 feet 6 inches (45 m) overall
Draft:
  • As built:
  • 28 feet 5 inches (8.66 m) light
  • 34 feet 2 inches (10.41 m) full load
Propulsion:
  • As designed:
  • 8 × boilers 565 psi (3,900 kPa) 850 °F (450 °C)
  • 4 × Westinghouse geared steam turbines
  • 4 × shafts
  • 150,000 shp (110 MW)
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h)
Range: 20,000 nautical miles (37,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement:
  • As built:
  • 2,600 officers and enlisted
Armament:
  • As built:
  • 4 × twin 5 inch (127 mm) 38 caliber guns
  • 4 × single 5 inch (127 mm) 38 caliber guns
  • 8 × quadruple 40 mm 56 caliber guns
  • 46 × single 20 mm 78 caliber guns
Armor:
  • As built:
  • 2.5 to 4 inch (60 to 100 mm) belt
  • 1.5 inch (40 mm) hangar and protectice decks
  • 4 inch (100 mm) bulkheads
  • 1.5 inch (40 mm) STS top and sides of pilot house
  • 2.5 inch (60 mm) top of steering gear
Aircraft carried:
  • As built:
  • 90–100 aircraft
  • 1 × deck-edge elevator
  • 2 × centerline elevators

USS Iwo Jima (CV-46) was a planned member of the Essex-class aircraft carriers of World War II. Newport News Shipbuilding[1] began construction of the vessel in early 1945, but on August 11, the Navy cancelled the contract.[2] She remained in an unfinished state until 1949, when her hull was scrapped before ever being launched.[3]


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Bibliography[edit]

  • Polmar, Norman (2008). Aircraft Carriers: A History of Carrier Aviation and its Influence on World Events, Volume II 1946-2006. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books. ISBN 9781574886658. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Polmar, p. 470
  2. ^ Polmar, p. 5
  3. ^ Polmar, p. 6